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Dilnot cap in hand

Lauren Killilea reports on the latest reforms on long-term care funding and other developments affecting older people

5 February 2013

It’s been 18 months since the Report of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support’ (the Dilnot report) recommended a radical overhaul of social care funding. Many considered the system, whereby an individual with assets over the means-testing threshold of £23,250 had to pay in full for their care and accommodation costs while in a residential care home, unfair. It resulted in about 40,000 homes being sold each year to fund care costs.

In a 2012 survey, 25 per cent of voters listed the issue of funding elderly care as one of their top three concerns, after the NHS and the economy. Older voters are also more likely to vote: in the 2010 election, 76 per cent of over-65s voted compared with 44 per cent in the 18 to 44 age bracket. These factors combine to make t...

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